Telework, the importance of non-verbal

Telework is an integral part of the professional lives of a large number of employees in France and abroad. Indeed, according to a study carried out during the second containment, more than 36% of the active population say they can telework without worry. Nevertheless 39% of the workforce cannot telework in the eyes of their employment and 25% are in trouble when they telework. In addition, as telework is reinforced by the Government, videoconferencing meetings are becoming more frequent and becoming a habit. It is therefore necessary to captivate the audience by making the meetings more dynamic. This means an analysis of the non-verbal of its employees and employees, but also of one’s own way of expressing oneself or of being held during a speech.

Telework, a widespread practice

The global pandemic has been part of the lives of all French people for the past year. Indeed, employees had no choice but to adapt by putting in place new work measures. The containment of March 2020 helped theadoption of widespread telework for jobs that could. Thus, this professional practice has gradually settled in a resilient society. Businesses are therefore more flexible in the event of new government decisions. In addition, as telework has become widespread, employees are regularly teleworking. However, companies favour the hybrid model combining telework and presentation to limit the negative aspects of working from home all week.

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Telework has become a norm for most employees in France.

Nevertheless, telework brings negative aspects such as isolation, lack of motivation or loss of interest. According to one study, 58% of employees who worked 100% telework during the period would have preferred to come to work in person at least once a week. Indeed, it helps to keep human contact,while coming out of a routine of working from home that can be complicated to manage in the long run. Little democratized until some time ago, some companies have to manage telework for a good efficiency of their employees.

This is why it is necessary to maintain eye contact with employees, especially via video conferencing. This is to keep the motivation alive despite a somewhat forced isolation given the health situation.

The underside of the non-verbal, for a better understanding of his audience

Non-verbal is the body language that testifies to our emotions. Thus, posture, gestures, mimicry, facial expressions and other movements. Indeed, it is often difficult to know what their interlocutors think. Nevertheless, it is therefore possible to decode body language in order to interpret their actions. This applies all the more to video conferencing, where non-verbal is essential in order to understand its interlocutors. Thus, it helps to understand what the other thinks but does not say. That’s why it’s important to conduct videoconferencing meetings rather than over the phone. In addition to maintaining a visual link with his team that can do good to all, it allows to better decipher the emotions and feelings of his collaborators. Indeed, one cannot feel emotions clearly only with the sound of the voice.

However, analysing one’s own gestures is all the more relevant. Indeed, it makes it possible to be more efficient, dynamic and credible during the speech. This will make your audience a bigger impact when you make presentations. She will be more active in her participation and will feel concerned by what you say. Therefore, you must take into account your words, your gestures but also the sound of your voice to captivate as much as possible. Thus, these moments of meetings are not to be overlooked in order to maintain an increased motivation and interest of all employees. These formal meetings can also be accompanied by informal meetings. These include coffee break conferences, remote team breakfasts and the setting up of online games to weld the team together.


Telework| Results of a study on the professional activity of French people during confinement,Ministry of Labour, Employment and Integration, 12 November 2020

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